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Light rail is making a comeback in Paris, and three more lines are due to open in late 2006. Currently, there are 2 tramway lines: T1 and T2.

Gare de Saint-Denis - Noisy-le-Sec

The T1 line connects Saint-Denis to Noisy-le-Sec, parallel to the Paris northern city limit.

La Défense - Issy-Val de Seine

The T2 line, called the Trans Val-de-Seine line, connects La Défense to Issy-les-Moulineaux west of Paris. More than 65,000 people use this line daily and each tram takes 440 passengers.

The tramway runs every day from 4.50 a.m. to 11.40 p.m. The interval between trams varies between 5 and 7 minutes depending on the time of day, and they announce their presence in the time honoured way with a bell on approach.

How to use the Trams:

The Tram stops have a big "T" logo Paris Tram logo on top of a pole so they're easily visible from a distance.

At the stop there's a shelter with a map of the tramline and one of the surrounding area. There is also an automatic ticket dispensing machine. Arrival times of the next two trams are indicated on the platform information system.

When you get on you have to validate your ticket in the machines on board or be able to produce your season ticket (card + coupon) or other pass if it's asked for by a driver or inspector.

You can follow your journey on the line map inside the tram. In any event, the driver stops at all stops and there's an announcement giving the name of the next stop before you get there. Press the button to open the door, it closes automatically. After you get off, there's a district map available to help you get your bearings.

Tram Tickets:

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For the bus and tramway lines within Paris and Ile de France region, one single ticket allows a one-way trip, without interchange, whatever the length of the journey (except on the lines Balabus, Noctilien, Orlybus, Roissybus, and lines 221, 297, 299, 350 and 351).

Individual Métro/Bus/Tram/RER tickets are now called "t" tickets and cost €1.40 each. They can be bought in a carnet (book) of 10 for €10.70. Buy them at any Métro station ticket office or from the automatic vending machines at the Métro, bus or tram stations.

Please note : for interchange between "T2 to RER or SNCF Ile-de-France" (and vice-versa) exclusively, you may purchase tickets to destination to the whole route including line T2.

The Montmartre Funiculaire

You can use the Montmarte Funiculaire with a ticket t "Metro, bus, Tram, RER-Paris". This allows you to take a one-way trip (up or down).

Tram links:

More details (accompanied by explanatory photographs) can be found on the RATP website tram pages

More information on the new tram system in Paris and the planned extensions can be found in this Wiki article: "Tramways in Paris"

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